Friday, June 28, 2013

Flower for the Day 6-28 Shasta Daisies in former vegetable garden

It started out with tomatoes and zuccini squash, 
our vegetable garden. Then came the deer. The 
first year they ate the tomatoes. The next year they 
ate the all the tomato plants themselves.The third 
year we started growing some wildflowers. Now 
we have a whole garden of Shasta Daisies.

They are available to anyone who wants to create 
their own bouquet.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Flower for the Day 6-27 Hot Poker

Kniphovia (the "K" is silent). Also torch lily, 
tritoma, and knoffler. This yellow hot poker 
bloomed 2 weeks before the red hot poker 
pictured below. It is named after Johann 
Kniphof, an 18th century physician and botanist.

Red hot poker blooming wildly in the front garden.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

FFTD Bonus 6-26 Super Moon

The full moon at perigee on June 23, 2013 
was the largest and closest full moonof the year. 
Perigee is the point in the orbit of the moon that 
is closest to the surface of the  earth and is the 
opposite of apogee. Sometimes the teacher in 
me takes over.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Flower for the Day 6-25 Day Lily

Day lilies (Hemerocallis) began to bloom 
last week. They are not true lilies (lilium)
but produce spectacular blooms that last 
one day.  

Our first "highway" day lilies continue to produce 
more than 35 years later.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Flower for the Day 6-24 California Poppy

This poppy is thriving in the front garden 
despite being pelted with 2 inches of driving
rain yesterday. The plant will bloom for over 
a month.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Flower for the Day 6-21 Delphinium

One lone delphinium has shown up
gloriously,almost 3 feet high
in the front garden.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Flower for the Day 6-20 Field Coreopsis

This field coreopsis was sown from seed 
in the front garden 2 years ago. It is really 
delicate and messy. The starkness of the 
two apposing colors has always caused me 
to pause in wonder. 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Flower for the Day 6-18 Lavender

Jan has two kinds of lavender (Lavandula). 
Each plant has a distinctly different flower 
head. The one above blooms initially followed 
in a week or two by the one below. 
Lavender is very hardy and has wintered over  
successfully for years outside in a sheltered area. 

Monday, June 17, 2013

Flower for the Day 6-17 Lily

This new lily has the deepest orange I have 

Friday, June 14, 2013

Flower for the Day 6-14 True Lily

True lily. Lilium. I'm not clear about how to 
differentiate oriental lilies from asiatic liies.
I think this new lily is asiatic  as it was the 
first to bloom and is relatively short. It looks 
much like the stargazer lily from several 
years ago which had disappeared.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Flower for the Day 6-13 Penstemon

This year there are also rare lavender and 
purple penstemon.

Notice the hairy tongue.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Flower for the Day 6-11 Penstemon

Also Beard-tongue. It is currently in the 
Plantaginaceae family. There is a penstemon 
attack going on in the sunny wildflower gardens. 
They are everywhere.

Notice the hairy tongue.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Flower for the Day 6-10 Bell Flowers

Campanula. There are two forms of bell flower 
in the gnome garden. Notice the lavender 
bells in the background.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Flower for the Day 6-7 A garden of Sweet William for your Pleasure

This small wildflower garden is flourishing 
with Sweet William. They have grown from 
seed and this is their third year

These are but a few of the many different color 

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Flower for the Day 6-6 Peony

Now the garden variety peonies are in bloom. 

This large chaotic bright red flower  is very showy.

As usual they are pummeled by the storms this 
time of year which drag their heavy blooms toward 
the ground.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Flower for the Day 6-5 Primrose

This primrose with beautiful pink flowers is 
invasive and needs constant removal at the 
edges. It is worth the effort because the plant 
continues to bloom for many weeks.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Flower for the Day 6-4 Daisy

These are ox-eyed daisies (Leucanthemum vulgare). 
They are invasive yet striking. Deer do not eat them. 

As you can see there are many seeds in the head.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Flower for the Day 6-3 Columbine

There are columbine cultivars in all the shaded 
areas of the garden rooms behind the house. 
Their diversity is amazing.